Sep 21, 2007 - 4:09am
The Climate Institute is bringing inspirational religious and
environmental leader, Reverend Sally Bingham to Australia to help
galvanize the faith-based response to climate change.
will be hosting a series of seminars in New South Wales, Queensland and
South Australia over the coming days on faith and climate change.
Bingham is the priest and the environmental minister at Grace Cathedral
in San Francisco. She heads an eco faith network, Interfaith Power and
Light, which includes 4,000 congregations of many different faiths with
affiliates in 23 states and has also supported Californian Governor,
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leading climate change policies. Sally brings
both spiritual motivation and practical advice on how we can set up or
build on similar interfaith eco networks here in Australia.
are already a number of religious leaders in Australia who see climate
change as a moral and ethical issue and they have been quite vocal in
calling on Governments to take action to protect future generations and
the world’s most disadvantaged from the effects of climate change”, said
Climate Institute Chief Executive John Connor.
In December 2006,
the Climate Institute released Common Belief, a collection of statements
on climate change from a range of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist,
Hindu, Sikh and Aboriginal spiritual leaders.
Rev. Bingham and
California Interfaith Power and Light have actively supported both
global warming bills that passed in California, including a letter
signed by 160 clergy calling for a mandatory cap on greenhouse gas
“Global warming is one of the biggest threats facing
humanity today. The very existence of life - life that religious people
are called to protect - is jeopardized by our continued dependency on
fossil fuels for energy. Every mainstream religion has a mandate to care
for creation. We were given natural resources to sustain us, but we
were also given the responsibility to act as good stewards and preserve
life for future generations. “
“To say it differently, I believe
that the people in the pews are the ones who should be leading the
movement to care for creation. We are the people who profess a love of
God and God's world. As such we must be stewards and caretakers of the
Earth - but to date, we have not done a very good job.” Said Rev.
“Rev’d Bingham’s message is one of faith in action, that
the moral challenge of climate change can inspire a renewed sense of
connection to nature and human communities, whatever their faith. It is
a message of hope and inspiration that we are proud to support”
concluded Mr Connor.